The Colorado Rapids head out to Frisco, TX to face FC Dallas in the fifth round of the US Open Cup. The Open Cup, one of the oldest football competitions in the world, stretches back to 1914, and the Rapids have never won it in the club’s 20-year history. The team’s current spot in dead last in the MLS table is making it look unlikely that the club will have a shot at MLS Cup or Supporters Shield. But, if they can get past Oscar Pareja and his rootin’-tootin’ hoops, they might just have a shot at hardware in 2017. I think it’s a pretty cool competition.
Last year’s affair with FCD was physical and filled with fouls, and poor Dillon Serna snapped his ACL after a tackle from behind by Agustin Jara.
In 2016, Oscar Pareja and Pablo Mastroeni both started a mix of their regular starters and some reserves in order to provide a competitive match and yet still have some fresh legs for their weekend MLS regular season clashes. The roster tonight from each team tells you pretty clearly how seriously each club is taking this competition, and their opponent.
For a summary of our coverage on the Open Cup till now, click here.
For a primer on the Cup and a summary of how Colorado teams did in the earlier stages of the knockout competition, click here.
Starting XI - Colorado Rapids
MacMath; Castillo, Ford, Sjoberg, Williams; Hamilton, Boateng; Gashi, Powers, Perez; Calvert
Starting XI - FC Dallas
Seitz; Cannon, Hume, Figueroa, Hollingshead; Ulloa, Cermeno; Pomykal, Diaz, Lamah; Colman
Open thread in the comments, kids.